- a wooden slat that produces a roaring sound when whirled around one's head on the end of a string or thong, used by some peoples of the world in religious ceremonies and by others as a toy.
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The sanctity of the bullroarer has been shown to be very widespread.
Though treated as a toy by Europeans, the bullroarer has had the highest mystic significance and sanctity among primitive people.
At certain Moqui ceremonies the procession of dancers was led by a priest who whirled a bullroarer.
- a wooden slat attached to a thong that makes a roaring sound when the thong is whirled: used esp by native Australians in religious rites